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HARD CORE

No offense to your legs, but it’s your abs and lower back that matter most when it comes to managing pack weight—and not just those superficial six-pack muscles, either. Ditch the workaday crunches for these whole-system exercises to target the deeper back and abdominal muscles that protect and stabilize your spine. Do them three times a week, starting at least four weeks before your next big trip.

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